Kin the Covid way is going to be very different from our usual process, BUT this does not mean that we can't change the way we do things!
My focus this year will be Retention! If we can all keep our current roster numbers steady, and keep everyone involved and keep our Kin belief that we can serve the community's greatest need, we will come out of this more united and stronger together. We hope to be able to welcome new members this year but understand the difficulties in attracting new members and sharing the Kin experience when numbers and meetings are curtailed.
You will start to see on this page, your Zone pages and District 1 face book page, a list of projects that fellow clubs have been able to successfully adapt to today's climate. They have seen a renewed sense of pride in their club, an outlet to raise funds for their community, and show their community they are still there, all under the restrictions imposed by the various legislative parties. Be sure to share your successes too!
Well Covid19 has certainly changed the way we do things in a BIG way! Cancelled Zone Conferences, meetings, fundraisers, major events, and community support events. BUT after a period of 'mourning' for what didn't happen, you are finding ways to make it work! Virtual meetings, Zoom socials, video thank yous to our essential workers, getting things done in the best manner for members and the clubs. WELL DONE EVERYONE!
Speaking of members, as of March 31st we have 81 new members this year in D1, so close to the challenge target! Upon reading the March stats I noticed that our 'pending members' number was significantly reduced but our 'new' members were not equally increased. I asked 'why' and got this response: "any pending member that was 6 months or more on the list, was removed. Attempts will be made to contact the Presidents to find out if the member is still with the club" So if you have a member that is not yet approved, or their membership package has not been received, and it has been 5-6 months, reach out to Melina at her Kin Canada email and check to see where they are in the process. Some reasons for the delay, lack of response from applicants to requested information. Missing information on the application form ( phone #, emails) which means they can't contact the person. We can all help by being sure to fill in all the blanks!
Stay tuned for the Results of the Membership Challenge and how the BBQ will be awarded.
In the mean time, continue doing what you do so well, keep asking folks to join in what you do!
We Shall Over Come!!!
Zone Conference Season is upon us! The time to celebrate all that you and your clubs have done over the past year. The Kin year is far from over, but as we all know, the last few months are so busy, they fly by even faster! Be sure to acknowledge the great work of the members of your Zone. Step outside the box and enter into a Zone competition, a Quill, a Speech, Communication, or Photography Awards are all there to challenge you at the same time as helping you grow in your Kin journey. Don't forget to include your new members at Zone Conference. That bigger picture is often the Ah Ha moment that puts them on a long Kin journey of their own! Good luck to all competitors, you have met the challenge by simply entering!
In my previous message I mentioned, in passing, that it would be pretty awesome if we added 100 new members to District 1 for the 100th Anniversary. Well no longer is it just a thought, it is the newest challenge I am putting out there. 100 new members between January 1 2020 and December 31 2020! Totally doable District One, we are already on our way!
Thank you to all of the clubs that have welcomed me into your meetings, shared your positive energy, and have made a change in your club and your community this year!
I look forward to celebrating with all of you at District in Fort Erie. Who will win the What's The Beef BBQ? You?
Welcome to 2020, the 100th Anniversary Year of Kin Canada!
What an association this would be if we had a current membership equal to all members who have joined since February 20, 1920! What amazing things we could achieve!
Amazing achievements are still a possibility, due to you the current membership! You are the members who can make this 100th Anniversary stand out in the Association's history!
How and what you do to recognize it, is totally up to you as members and clubs. Will you host a special event in your community to recognize the milestone? Share the history of your club and the Association in local media, reminding your community all you have supported and added to it? What about contacting past members and inviting them to an anniversary party? Maybe it will be the sharing of Kin with some new members? What ever way your club decides to celebrate remember to share what you do! Let us share the successes and accomplishments together, making District 1 an even more amazing district!
Our current Membership challenge is getting closer to the target number of 87 and with a 5 months of the year still left to add members it is quite possible we will surpass that. What if we were to add 100 new members in 2020? That would certainly be worth celebrating across the District!
Keep up the amazing effort District 1!
Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to All Members of Kin across the District!
December brings with it a flurry of frozen precipitation that covers our lawns, streets, and homes. This is so much like what the Kin of D1 are doing as well. Covering their communities with love and caring by organizing Christmas Parades, Food Bank collections, Adopting a local family, selling Christmas Trees, hosting Christmas Bazaars and the list goes on and on. We support each other more over the holidays, social times together, more 'fun' in our fundraising, and celebrating our successes of the last few months and planning for the 100th Anniversary of our Association in 2020! You are an amazing group of Kin District 1! Celebrate the season the best way you know how. From my home to yours, Blessings of the Season!
Welcome to our newest Kinsmen Club, Collingwood Kinsmen joined our ranks on Sept. 18, 2019. 13 enthusiastic and excited gentlemen said 'I Do' to Kin and then jumped right in to their first project a few days later. Going to see great things come from this club.
Bring a Buddy/Guest events are springing up across the District and to date 13 men and women have gotten to know about Kin. Well done Fort Erie Kinettes (4) and Harriston Kinsmen (9) can't wait to see your rosters grow!
Our total membership at the end of September was down from August BUT as we know many clubs house clean in September, and life comes into play for many. With the efforts we are seeing from clubs to increase their numbers, I am confidant that our total will be on the plus side very shortly. Thank You!
Check out the thermometer and map to see who is in on the BBQ challenge so far for adding at least 1 member. Is your club there? Be the one to add that member to the roster. You could be eating on the District Executive's dime!
Until next month keep sharing and growing in Kin D1!
September - New Year - New Start
Membership, Where can we go with membership? The hopeful answer is Up! The reality answer is have clubs populated with satisfied, valued members. Members who enjoy coming to meetings, who want to work on projects, and who want to share their Kin experiences with others. If current members are not having a positive experience within their club, they will not be as apt to share it with others, and why would they?
Think for a moment about your club, the atmosphere at meetings, projects, socials, is it positive, exciting, FUN, or is it something of a more negative version? The change needs to come from the current members, but sometimes they feel they have tried it all and need some help looking at new options. That's where I hope to be able to help, looking at what the community needs are and how the club can assist in getting them fulfilled. A healthy club isn't just a matter of numbers, but how the members view and feel about their club and how they fit in. Let's work together to allow every member to feel they are in exactly the right spot for them!
Our Membership Challenge of +1 per club by May 31/20 is moving along well with many clubs already welcoming a new member. Updates on numbers can be found both here on the website and on the District face book page. A BBQ, hosted by the District Executive, for your club is up for grabs!
Have questions? Want to know more about how I can assist your club?
Please contact me momofbrats [snail] hotmail [period] com.
Here is the link to the Healthy Club Assessment if you want to take a look.
The Mentor and Mentee Program is a National initiative that helps join newer members to seasoned members who are willing to mentor members along the road to a successful Kin career. If you are interested in participating, here is where you can find out all the details!
Mentors Apply here
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Mentees Apply here
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